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Alameda County Medical Center Trustee Daniel Boggan Jr. Honored as Outstanding Director

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Daniel Boggan Jr., Immediate Past President of the Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC www.acmedctr.org) Board of Trustees was recently recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area's Outstanding Directors for 2013.

Business Times editors selected Boggan – who is also a director of Clorox, Collective Brands, Viad and several other organizations – for the positive influence he has exerted on public health in the East Bay as president of the ACMC Board of Trustees. Boggan joined director honorees from VISA, Williams-Sonoma, Intel, McKesson and other well-known companies for their significant accomplishments and positive community impact in a variety of areas.

In an article about the event published by the Business Times, Senior Editor James Dunn noted that the ACMC director "sought broad improvement" at ACMC and had recently led a very effective Harm Reduction Initiative at the medical center that cut incidents in patient harm by nearly half between 2010 and 2011.

In 2010, a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that patient harm from common problems such as sepsis, falls and certain errors in care, was happening at all hospitals but noted that "with adequate leadership, attention and resources, improvements can be made." Boggan, in collaboration with ACMC's medical staff and administration, seized upon that suggestion and focused intensively on harm reduction. In just 18 months, they achieved a 48 percent reduction in harm caused by the common errors identified in the IOM report. The goals established by Boggan and ACMC were later called "bold" and "innovative" by industry leaders including Donald. M. Berwick, a member of the Committee on Quality of Health Care in America that had published the IOM report.

Boggan also played a key role in shepherding financial improvements at ACMC including significant debt reduction. In the year prior to Boggan's arrival on the Board, ACMC's operating margin was negative 16.2 percent. But Boggan helped to lead the medical center to finishing fiscal year 2011 with an 11.7 percent positive operating margin.

The Business Times article quoted Boggan as saying that the Board's essential jobs on behalf of ACMC are to set policy, provide for the fiscal health of the organization and to hire the Chief Executive Officer. Boggan served on the selection committee that attracted Wright Lassiter III to the top job in 2005; a move that has helped to turn the medical center around financially.

"Boggan is attractive to boards because of his broad management background," Dunn wrote, adding that he worked at UC Berkeley as vice-chancellor for business and administrative services for more than eight years and was senior vice president and chief operating officer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Boggan also was city manager of Berkeley and chief of staff for former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.

Although he has termed out as ACMC Board of Trustees president, ceding the position to Oakland health care Attorney Kirk Miller for a new term, Boggan remains a Trustee committed to the furthering of the ACMC mission to improve the health of all Alameda County residents. "True greatness is moving to the next level," Boggan says. "Passion glues everything else together."

About Alameda County Medical Center

Alameda County Medical Center (www.acmedctr.org) is a nationally recognized public healthcare system with more than 2,800 employees, 500 physicians and 475 accredited beds. ACMC provides comprehensive, high quality medical treatment and compassionate care to all residents of Alameda County.

CONTACT: Jerri Applegate Randrup Alameda County Medical Center 510-437-4732 office 510-290-4080 mobile jrandrup@acmedctr.orgSource:Alameda County Medical Center